Free Enterprise and Innovation in Education: A Look At The New Orleans Model

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:00am
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As you know, this year marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The nation has watched with  admiration as New Orleans has come back from the brink and begun to rebuild. Part of the effort has focused on the educational system, which is a critical element of rebuilding the overall economy. This monumental task has been tackled with the principles of Free Enterprise – with a spirit of innovation and flexibility, and being open to new ideas and reforms, not being bogged down by bureaucracy or relying on the way things have always been done.

On April 29, a panel of elected officials, local leaders, volunteers and prominent citizens will discuss the importance of educating our students for the jobs of tomorrow, and what lessons can be learned from New Orleans. If American companies are to compete and win in a worldwide economy, they will need well-educated and well-trained workers. The lessons learned in New Orleans could serve as a model for education reform nationwide.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
University of New Orleans
Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center
2000 Lake Shore Drive
New Orleans, LA



Speakers Include:

  • Stan Anderson - Managing Director of the American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. Campaign – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Karen Elzey - Vice President and Executive Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce
  • Michael Hecht - President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Inc.
  • Paul Pastorek - Louisiana’s State Superintendent of Education
  • Leslie Jacobs - founder of Educate Now!
  • Dr. Andre Perry - CEO of Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter School Network
  • Sarah Usdin - Founder & CEO of New Schools for New Orleans
  • Jack Brancewicz - President of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Tim Williamson - co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village
 Watch Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vittner address conference attendees.